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Atlanta archbishop to sell $2.2 million mansion

The home of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory is seen in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia, April 2, 2014. Gregory has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion to use as his home, a move that made him the object of derision and complaint, and said he may sell it. Gregory said he took his "eye off the ball" after the archdiocese received a $15 million donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, a nephew "Gone With The Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS RELIGION)
The home of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory is seen in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia, April 2, 2014. Gregory has apologized for building a $2.2 million mansion to use as his home, a move that made him the object of derision and complaint, and said he may sell it. Gregory said he took his "eye off the ball" after the archdiocese received a $15 million donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, a nephew "Gone With The Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS RELIGION)REUTERS

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — The archbishop of Atlanta says he has decided to sell his $2.2 million residence following a storm of criticism from parishioners.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory said Saturday that he will leave the Tudor-style residence in the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood in early May.

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The church leader earlier this week apologized for building the mansion. He announced his decision after meeting Saturday with clergy and lay people from within his archdiocese.

Local Catholics have faulted Gregory for the opulent spending, citing the example of austerity set by Pope Francis.

Gregory moved into the residence in January after selling his old home to Christ The King Cathedral for $1.9 million. The cathedral plans to move its priests into the archbishop’s former residence, freeing up space on its campus.

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